Tai Chi

Event details

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 September 2017, 2-3pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £100 (£80 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

A slow gentle form of non aerobic exercise, Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese art practised by many people around the world, for its health, meditation and mindfulness benefits. Through practising Tai Chi, your joints will become looser, your posture and circulation will improve and you will gradually feel an overall sense of wellbeing.

This will be an outdoor class held in a beautiful, quiet and contemplative area of Kew Gardens—come along to this new, relaxing four week course and learn a new skill for life.

(If you have any health doubts regarding your ability to participate on this course please consult your doctor before enrolling.)


The tutor

Fiona Anderson is a regular instructor of Tai Chi in Kew Gardens and is registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

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Introduction to painting with acrylics

Event details

Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 17 August 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £210 (£180 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the event

Come on this new three-day course and discover the versatility of this easy to use and quick drying medium. This is an introduction to acrylics where students will learn about acrylic paints and how to work with them—considering composition, painting techniques, layering and colour.

You'll gave the opportunity to explore an extended range of media, materials and painting surfaces that can be used to further the creative process of acrylic painting.


The tutor

Stuart Simler trained at Leeds University as part of the Fine Art BA (Hons) Course, graduating in 1997. His early experiences as an artist were based around drawing—the
idea of draftsmanship excited him, in particular its versatility and range of mark making possibilities. From here he has gone on to exhibit both internationally and at roots level in local events and community exhibitions. He maintains his connections with two collectives; Collect Connect and Sunbury Working Artists (SWA).


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

Mobile Museum: economic botany in circulation

Starting in 1847, Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany received and re-circulated plant raw materials and artefacts from all over the world. This collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks to map these flows, discovering and forging global connections with museums worldwide.

Starting in 1847, Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany received and re-circulated plant raw materials and artefacts from all over the world. This collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks to map these flows, discovering and forging global connections with museums worldwide.

Vegetable growing for novices

Event details

Thursday 13 July 2107, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 Concessions, Friends of Kew) 25 places available

Event overview

About the course

Have you just acquired an allotment or vegetable patch and want to boost your vegetable growing skills? This one-day workshop, run by Christine Lavelle, will introduce you to the most commonly grown vegetable crops and show you how best to cultivate them. You’ll also learn about pests and diseases, crop rotation, fertilisers, green manures and composting – giving you the confidence to get the most from your plot.


The tutor

Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford, UK, and an external examiner for the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She trained at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave School of Practical Gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Christine was assistant Head Gardener at Levens Hall topiary gardens in Kendal and Hardy Ornamentals Team leader at Askham Bryan College in York. Her main areas of work are in organic growing and wildlife gardening. Together, Christine and her husband Michael Lavelle won the Garden Media Guild Practical Book of the Year Award in 2003 and 2008 for their books Organic Gardening and How to Create a Wildlife Garden (both published by Lorenz Books).


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

Creative Writing

Event details

Tuesday 11 July or Thursday 12 October 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

This new one day course, led by author Lynda Waterhouse, will give you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a warm and supportive atmosphere. You will be provided with a writer’s notebook and be guided through a series of short stimulating walks with accompanying writing exercises. Use Kew as your inspiration and be enthused by its wonders.


The tutor

Lynda Waterhouse is an author/educator with ten published books, twenty years in primary and secondary education, and many more years’ experience devising and running creative workshops for museum and art galleries including The Wallace Collection, The Queen’s Gallery, Windsor Castle and Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire. Tan Twan Eng, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 says, ‘Lynda is a passionate and knowledgeable writer, always generous with her time, expertise and ideas.’


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

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Herbs in the home: a practical approach

Event details

Sunday 2 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to use herbs in the home with this new one day course. Over the centuries herb use has varied as lifestyle has changed and we will be looking at recipes tailored for our busy lives today.  Some recipes will be fragrant, some tasty and others safe plant medicine. Led by a medical herbalist, the course will offer guidance on basic methods and ensure participants know the benefits and cautions of gathering and use.


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

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Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

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Planning and tending a herb garden

Event details

Saturday 1 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to design a herb garden to fit your own space. Plan a design for a small urban garden, a larger country garden, a patio or a balcony. Whether your aim is a wildflower garden with a natural appearance, a more formal knot garden or a selection of potted herbs, there is something for everyone. Getting to know the herbs involved will be through images, herbarium samples and an all-important walk to the Queen’s Garden in Kew to see the plants growing and literally smell the roses!


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer short course brochure

 

 

Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

Creating a botanical sketchbook

Event details

Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 May 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £210 (£180 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

This three-day course will teach you how to keep a botanical sketchbook. A well-kept botanical sketchbook is an invaluable tool to record your plant drawings and field notes, colour studies, and written notes.

During class you will practise drawing and sketching from life, both indoors and outdoors, and learn how to capture multiple levels of information to help inform your botanical artwork, all while being inspired by the Gardens at Kew.


The tutor

Lucy T Smith is a freelance botanical artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has received many awards for her work, including the 2004 Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration, awarded by the Linnean Society of London. She won second prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Illustration, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (2005), as well as Highly Commended awards in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 competitions. She has also received two Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. As well as her freelance work, Lucy also produces paintings for private commissions and exhibitions.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer short course brochure

 

 

iPad art workshop

Event details

Tuesday 16 May 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 10 places available

Event overview

About the course

Combine technology and nature to produce interesting artwork on your own iPad®.  This one-day course explores the creative potential of the Brushes app using the plants, flowers, and breath-taking vistas of Kew Gardens to inspire you. Develop a range of techniques, including selecting and mixing colours, and creating effects such as charcoal, pastel, oil and pencil.

The tutor recommends that participants download the free Brushes Redux app, to their iPad® before the course.

*This is an independent course and has not been authorised, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.
iPad® (mobile digital device) is a trademark of Apple Inc.iPad Art Workshop.


The tutor

Jan Lee Johnson BA Hons MA fine art, is a sessional tutor teaching on foundation, drawing and painting programmes. With much experience teaching drawing techniques with software and layers, iPad art is one of her passions.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

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Kingfisher and badger watching evening

Event details

Monday 8 May, Thursday 11 May, Monday 7 August and Thursday 10 August, 2017 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 
Loder Valley Nature Reserve
Price: 
Course fee: £30 Includes light snack midway through the evening 12 places available

Event overview

About the event

Enjoy an evening of nature watching as we observe kingfishers in their natural habitat from a specially build hide in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve, dedicated to the conservation of the plants and animals of the Sussex Weald, is normally only accessible by permit.  These special evenings will be led by the warden. 

You'll also get the chance to see the residents of the badger sett as well as any other nocturnal wildlife which is out and about. Come with an open mind, though, as natural history inevitably presents an element of surprise! 

Please note: These evenings will involve a fair amount of walking of a moderately strenuous level which will include some steep inclines on muddy and slippery surfaces. Please note that cameras are not permitted as their use disturbs the wildlife we hope to be observing.


The tutor

Steven Robinson grew up in Sussex and from a young age was interested in natural history. He developed his knowledge further by working and living in the countryside and is now warden for the Loder Valley Reserve which forms part of the Wakehurst estate. He relishes having a job which gives him opportunity to expand his knowledge and is constantly amazed by the rich natural diversity that Sussex offers.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5626

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